Policies, Information and Updates
best-practice and guidance notes
The FA are often asked for advice and guidance to help clubs create fun, safe and inclusive environments. This advice, in the form of 'Guidance Notes', is available to download in themed-sections on their website.
They have also gathered all the Guidance Notes (click the link below) as a complete directory for easy reference. You’ll find top tips, templates and a useful resource to browse through and see what you and/or your club might benefit from moving forward.
Matchday Environment Resources
We're sharing a host of resources to support our stakeholders with creating a safe, inclusive and enjoyable matchday environment.
As clubs, players, coaches, spectators and all other participants, you can #PlayYourPart in ensuring the atmosphere at grassroots games is welcoming and open For All, and these resources will assist you in maintaining that at your club. Click below to access the free resources.
At the start of the 2023-24 season clubs will be able to affiliate 4 and 5-year-olds under the new title of Play Phase. Players aged 4 and 5 can participate in training but not competitive matches.
Please click below to see the full safeguarding guidance document from The FA
Social Media Guidance
In today’s world, safeguarding children and young people applies as much online as it does face-to-face. Part of the role of The FA as the game’s governing body is to offer guidance. We’re constantly looking to provide a supportive framework around everyone who participates in football, whatever their role.
This guidance clearly extends to the use of digital platforms in a football context.
Of course, these technologies have huge benefits. However, we have to recognise that digital platforms can be misused, with increased risks to children and young people. Football takes these risks extremely seriously. It’s with this in mind that a series of guidance notes have been developed, that can be accessed by clicking below.